Policy Innovation Platform
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Across the country, policymakers aspire to develop policies, programs and services that support vibrant communities.
At the same time, citizens from all walks of life are demanding more from their governments. In addition to transparency, they want an opportunity to contribute to policy solutions that will impact their lives.
In recent years, alternative approaches to traditional policy development have begun to emerge, and they are engaging citizens and communities in new ways. The premise is that citizens and communities—as subject matter experts and as individuals and communities affected by policy decisions—can add value throughout the policy development process if we broaden the range of tools we use to determine priorities, execute plans, and evaluate outcomes.
We call these tools “policy innovation tools,” which include everything from labs, to challenge prizes, to participatory budgets. The first waves of experimentation with these tools have provided a foundation to build upon. The benefits of developing policy differently are evident. However, we acknowledge that more work is needed to understand how, and when, to apply policy innovation tools that best support the development of impactful public policies, services and programs.
- Improving policy design, the policy development process, and policy implementation in order to achieve a specific goal around the needs of citizens and communities.
- Facilitating stronger engagement, dialogue and relationships between the people making policy and the citizens and communities impacted by policy.
The Policy Innovation Platform works to fill this gap.
The Policy Innovation Platform supports the continuous adoption of policy innovation methods and tools by policymakers in order to deliver better public policies, programs and services for all Canadians. We do this in three ways:
We design and run engagements that apply policy innovation methods and tools.
We curate resources and work with policymakers to develop deep knowledge about effective policy innovation methods and tools.
We rigorously evaluate what works (and what does not) and share lessons widely.
Here’s how we work with partners to test and use new policy methods and tools:
We strive to connect with like-minded partners, committed to advancing innovation and entrepreneurship within Canada.
Our expanding network of collaborators includes knowledge experts, thought leaders, academics, experienced industry executives, successful entrepreneurs, public sector leaders, and our Senior Fellows and Fellows, all of whom are prominent members of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem.
Email the Policy Innovation Platform Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or get in touch with one of our team members.
If you are interested in joining our team, please visit Careers for the latest opportunities.
In 2015, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and the Ontario Public Service launched a pilot project designed to test the application of new tools and methodologies in the policy development process. With a mutual interest in exploring how these tools could develop useful policy insights, as well as build capacity within the public service and broker new relationships and partnerships, the Policy Innovation Platform was born.
Pilot Year Learnings
Our pilot year confirmed many hypotheses we had when we started the project. Evident in each engagement was an enthusiastic, curious and open-minded public service who wanted an opportunity to engage with unusual suspects. The pilot year showed the value in having a neutral space to bring together diverse mindsets and skillsets to tackle complex problems. More than anything, the pilot year confirmed the appetite from policymakers to leverage new tools and methods that assist in improving public services for Canadians.